History Stories
CATEGORY: Pacific Theater
This Flamethrower Operator is the Last Living Medal of Honor Recipient from the Pacific Theater
November 10, 2017

How Hershel “Woody” Williams used his flamethrowing prowess to become an American hero. Read More

After 72 Years, Wreckage of U.S. Navy’s Biggest Tragedy is Found
August 22, 2017

The loss of USS Indianapolis was famously memorialized in the movie "Jaws." Read More

Remembering the Battle of Okinawa
June 19, 2015

The nearly three-month battle for Okinawa that ended on June 22, 1945 was the last—and the bloodiest—clash between Japanese and U.S. forces in the Pacific during World War II. Read More

In Reversal, Pearl Harbor Unknowns to Be Exhumed
April 22, 2015

Changing course, the Pentagon will exhume and try to identify the remains of hundreds of USS Oklahoma sailors killed during the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing. Read More

WWII Aircraft Carrier Used in Atomic Bomb Tests Found Intact on Sea Floor
April 21, 2015

Researchers have used an underwater drone to explore the wreck of USS Independence, a light aircraft carrier that served during World War II and later became a target during atomic bomb tests at the Bikini Atoll. Read More

Bodies of Japanese WWII Soldiers Found in Island Caves
April 3, 2015

The remains of six Japanese soldiers killed during battle on the island of Peleliu in 1944 have been discovered after being sealed in a cave for 70 years. Read More

The Battle of Iwo Jima Begins, 70 Years Ago
February 18, 2015

Seventy years after U.S. Marines began the invasion of Iwo Jima, take a look back at one of the most hard-fought battles of World War II. Read More

Legendary Admiral’s WWII Diary To Be Released Online
February 21, 2014

The newly digitized 4,000-page diary chronicles the daily operations of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific during World War II. Read More

The Akutan Zero: How a Captured Japanese Fighter Plane Helped Win World War II
June 4, 2012

While the Battle of Midway raged, Allied fighters in the Aleutian Islands quietly captured a Japanese fighter plane that helped them win World War II. Read More

The Angels of Bataan and Corregidor: 70 Years Later
April 16, 2012

After the Bataan Peninsula fell in April 1942, a group of Army and Navy nurses continued to perform their duties while imprisoned in a Japanese camp. Read More